Wenger warns against trophy fever

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Arsene Wenger has urged his young team not to become obsessed by ending their trophy drought with the Carling Cup - and warned more hard work lays ahead before anyone can dream of Wembley glory.

The Gunners moved into the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Barclays Premier League strugglers Wigan at a freezing Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night and Manchester United's shock 4-0 defeat at West Ham now leaves the Gunners as hot favourites for the competition and to collect their first silverware since 2005.

"You cannot say that (a first trophy) is not important, but we should also not make obsession of that," the Arsenal boss said.

"We want to focus on the quality of our performances, and the rest will be the consequences of those performances.

"The major trophies are the Champions League and the (domestic) championship, but if we can win this as well, we will take it.

"We want to win trophies and be at the top, but you can only do as well as you can. At the moment, we are at the end of November and are in quite a good position in all of the competitions."

Aston Villa, who lost to United in last season's final, play Birmingham on Wednesday night while West Brom travel to Ipswich in the other quarter-final.

The bookmakers may have already installed Arsenal as odds-on to win the Carling Cup, but Wenger warned against complacency.

"You have seen it in the Premier League, and with West Ham, that it can happen to Manchester United, to Chelsea and to us this season," he said.

"We have to accept there are no guarantees, even if we are in the semi-finals, that we will win the trophy - you have to fight in every single game to win."

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